Tuesday, Jan. 11, is the deadline for public comments on hiring non-certified teachers, changing expulsion and suspension rules, and altering class-size waivers in the Marble Falls Independent School District. A public hearing for the amendments is scheduled during the Jan. 18 school board meeting.
The school board is not expected to vote on the amendments until March. If approved, the amendments would be effective immediately.
This amendment would allow the district to hire “non-certified yet highly qualified professional(s) to teach or a certified educator to teach in a related field for which he or she is not credentialed by the state.” The district could also establish its own requirements for positions with no applicants or those difficult to fill.
“Of course, the district would always seek first to hire a certified person,” Fields said. “The candidate who is considered the highest quality would be selected.”
Parents and guardians would be given written notice if their student was being taught by a non-certified teacher.
This amendment would allow the district to circumvent the one-year teaching commitment to non-resident transfer students required by the Texas Education Code.
The exemption would apply to specific scenarios, such as student misbehavior resulting in suspension or an attendance record falling below TEA truancy standards. The exception would not apply to students experiencing homelessness.
Removal of Unwanted Visitors
This amendment would give authority to designated staff members to remove without warning or written notice
parents or visitors whose behavior is deemed inappropriate.
Suspension of Students Below Grade 3
This amendment would allow MFISD administrators to place students of any grade in out-of-school suspension “when the administrator determines that such action is necessary for safety and/or in order to maintain an orderly learning environment for all students.”
Class Size Waiver for DAEP
The amendment would allow the district to adjust the teacher-to-student ratio for Disciplinary Alternative Education Program classes.
Expulsion from DAEP for Persistent Misconduct
If adopted, this amendment would allow principals to work with district administration to expel for persistent misconduct a student enrolled in a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program.